Graduate Student Opportunities

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA)

Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available to all graduate students. Current opportunities are available on the University's GTA Website. Note that SEDRD students may apply to any TA position where they meet the eligibility criteria in the posting. SEDRD GTA assignments will be posted on the University's website, and an email will be circulated to students via the SEDRD listservs. Fall GTA positions are typcially posted in July/August, and Winter GTA positions are posted in October/November, although these dates may change depending on departmental requirements. Students must apply through the University website; emailed applications will not be accepted. Student applicants should create an account and update their online profile with relevant details.

Graduate Student Research Assistantships (GSRA)

Opportunities may be available for students to work on faculty research projects. These opportunities are managed by the faculty member responsible for the project. Open positions may be posted here or circulated via the email listservs.

Current Graduate Student Opportunties

1.  Broadband Research Fellowships -  MSc in Capacity Development & Extension

The Ontario Agricultural College’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) and the Capacity Development and Extension Program invites applications from qualified Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents for MSc research fellowships on the topic of ultra-high speed Internet broadband infrastructure and applications in Southwestern Ontario.

Given the rapidly changing context of regional and rural broadband development and deployment, priority research topics would include:

  • Broadband gaps within past, current and evolving scenarios of regional and rural connectivity
  • Rural First Nations’ user needs and infrastructure deployment processes involving First Nations communities
  • Adoption of digital devices and applications for innovation by farms and small businesses
  • Geo-spatial and economic analysis for broadband planning and evaluation (comparative approaches in Canada and internationally)
  • Community or municipal-led initiatives for ultra-high speed internet access and uptake

The ideal candidate(s) will have a honours undergraduate degree. Students may come from diverse academic backgrounds including computer science, economics, telecommunication management, engineering and/or agricultural sciences. The fellowship is valued at approximately $3500 per semester, renewed for up to three semesters based upon satisfactory academic and research performance.

Eligible and interested applicants are invited to contact Dr. Helen Hambly ( by email before May 30, 2018 indicating the applicant’s interest and GPA (grade point average) for the last two years of full-time university study. If the applicant is deemed eligible, an application to the MSc CDE program will be required and other required information will be sent to the applicant. For inquiries about graduate admissions to the University of Guelph, see

For further information about the R2B2 Project please see:

2.  PhD Comparative Organic Agricultural Policy Research Project 

The Rural Studies PhD program in the School for Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph, has a position for one PhD student to participate in the Comparative Organic Agricultural Policy Research Project under the direction of Dr. John F Devlin.  The project is focused on dimensions of organic agricultural policy formation and impact and associated social aspects of organic agriculture in a variety of national and international contexts.  The successful candidate will be guaranteed a minimum of $52,500 in cumulative financial awards over three years.  These awards will be composed of scholarships, teaching assistantships, graduate research assignments or service employment.   There is also some potential for additional income dependent upon success in award application processes.

The program is seeking a candidate who will most closely meet the following conditions:

  • Demonstrates an "A" average in each of the past four years of their graduate and undergraduate programs.
  • Demonstrates an interest in alternative, sustainable, or organic agriculture through work, voluntary experience, and/or publications.
  • Demonstrates an interest in agricultural policy or social issues in agriculture through work, voluntary experience, and/or publications.
  • Is a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada.
  • Will register in and maintain good standing as a full-time student in the Rural Studies PhD program of the University of Guelph.
  • Will relocate to the University of Guelph region for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Agrees to seek funding from SSHRC, OGS and other awards as requested and assisted by the Director of the Comparative Organic Agricultural Policy Research Project.
  • Maintains satisfactory research outputs as requested and assessed by the Director of the Comparative Organic Agricultural Policy Research Project.

Candidates should contact Dr. Devlin ( with a short statement of interest and attach a CV, unofficial copies of transcripts, and a relevant sample of writing by 1 December, 2017.   The preferred candidate will be encouraged to initiate a formal application process for the Rural Studies PhD Program to begin in September 2018.

Other Funding Opportunities

There are numerous opportunities to apply for scholarships and various awards.   Please visit the Scholarships and Awards section from the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.  Make sure you take the time to review your possibilities. 

Student Financial Services provides a variety of funding opportunities for students, including scholarships and needs-based awards. Students should contact Student Financial Services directly to determine eligibility requirements.